Category Archives: #THETourist

The $4 Haircut

Keenan K White has been saying I need to get a DR style haircut. It was the last thing that needed to be done, it was to be the final piece of the real Dominican experience.

Keenan went first. He went for a way too bald look. Things were getting tense.

After Keenan gave instructions in Spanish and we started, I immediately sensed that this may end badly.

After a while things began looking more promising.

The end result was perfect.

I will definitely take this hairstyle back to Europe, and work hard to make it a hit in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Italy, during my road trip.

I forgot this guys name, but he ran the barber shop, a 1x2meter small shop on the side of the road in the village that I forgot to take a picture of. Lowkey to say the least, and $4. Perfect for my budget. Keenan you are the best. If you are ever in that village, go and see him.

Keenan sending me back to Santo Domingo. He may look like he is just sitting there posing, but in reality his battery went flat in his truck and he was stuck.

Just kidding, it died at the barber shop.

Dominican Republic Race – Report Of Sorts

A year ago I came to the Dominican Republic for the first time. At that time, I had only known that they race RC on the DR for about a year, as someone had bought a car from me, and that then turned into me having a distributor on the island. RC racing is in it’s infancy on the DR compared to most of the places I have visited, and when I first visited I ended up convincing, and helping the local RC pioneers register in FAMAR, and then convinced the racers that they should go to the worlds. 1 more country successfully added to the RC Racing scene.

1 year later, I go back, and they have a permanent track built next to two 5 a side football fields, next to a big mall, in Santo Domingo, the capital. That means, they have plenty of potential new RC enthusiasts pass by daily. Location is everything. Not only that, these guys had fireworks, flame throwers, live music, sponsorship from Chevy, Redbull, local harware store, local paint store, etc.

Jurassic Park. For once my lame comment was actually accurate, as part of JP was filmed on the DR.

What I am trying to say is, if they can do this in the Dominican Republic, then there really is no excuse elsewhere. Yes, it can of course be easier in a country like the DR, due to the demographic of RC racers, compared to a European country, but the key is still the passion, regardless of social or economical stature.

Now for some pics from the event.

Truck Podium: 1st JQ, 2nd, Luis Garcia, 3rd Francisco Ortiz

Nitro Podium. 1st JQ, 2nd Carlos Sikora, 3rd Luis Jose

eBuggy Podium 1st JQ, 2nd Luis Garcia, 3rd Carlos Sikora

Dulce Weiss, 11 years old and 4th place in Nitro Buggy. The Dulcenator was impressive. DR’s Jessica Pålsson.

Driving down the motorway, we saw this guy going the same direction, but on the other side, against traffic…

Fuck iiiiit! This is the DR!

Semi drive through in the mountains. This guy’s light switch was a live wire that he pushed in a socket. #healthandsafety

My office. Getting work done, so I can chill. #liveyourlife

 

 

Flamethrowers, Guitar Solos & Fat Whips

Yes we had flames and live guitar solos during the main…..

“It’s already 12 o’clock!” -David Infante

I threw some fat whips and then this happened.

The LosCocos team was back together. No coconuts this time!

In 2WD truck, I had to race the last main with one hand, and drink a 1 liter beer during the race. I obviously accepted the challenge, and won the race!

Dominican Ogio Bag

Finally, if you ever wondered what would happen if you hit a can of paint at full speed. This is what would happen. #yellowedition

Now it’s time to have my Dominican Birthday Party. I always miss my birthday because I am racing. I told the guys, that I’ll do the race, as my birthday present :-). More of a race report tomorrow. I’m out.

DR Day 1

Today I have visited an MX track, 2 RC tracks,  been on a national radio show, had traditional DR food, and sat in a ton of traffic. Time for bed!

Mobile Office

At times I feel like I totally Forrest Gump my way through life, at other times I feel like I have a few solid ideas, set in stone, that I made up my mind about, and I have just figured out everything around them. As it turns out, I somehow figured out the modern business style, flexible, super low overhead, outsourcing what isn’t vital, and that has lead to a mobile office. I can be wherever I want, whenever I want, and I can run my business. The only requirement I have, is the need to get online. I can go wherever I want for a year, and as long as they have wifi, I can run the business. It might not be as easy, or as comfortable, but it’s possible. I like the freedom. So when the invitation to the Dominican Republic came in, I didn’t need to organise a holiday, or figure out work, I just said “I’ll be there.”

Dominican Republic Bound

  
In the local paper in Santo Domingo. Better be on my A game 😃

Looking forward to a week in the Caribbean racing RC.

JQ cars make up 45% of the entry, lets make it 80% after this trip! #stayhumble #jqrcschool

Best Birthday Present

It’s that time! Got the best birthday present. Trip to the Dominican Republic after the Euros Warm up. It is/was actually a TLR race, but it seems I am the best TLR representative available:-) I’ll take it. Time for some RC racing, JQ RC School, and a birthday celebration. Get the coconuts ready!

The NEO Race 2017 Black Edition Loaner – Q & A

Name: Fat Jesus (aka David Gibson)

Nationality: English living and working in USA. (5 years)

What type of racing do you do?

1/10th and 1/8th off road.

How long have you been racing?

I started when I was a kid, stopped for a while and then started again about 8 years ago. 

Current chassis / manufacturer?

Well last year it was Mugen, this year I have changed to HB but so far this year I have only run the 1/8 electric chassis.

How would you describe your skill / experience level?

Competitive / good club racer

Other races recently?

PNB 2017, Motorama. Reedy race.

How many Neos have you attended ?

About 5

How have you found The Neo generally this year?

The event’s as good as ever. Having been racing in USA it is great to come back to this level of professionalism and event organization. Phil, DXR, the BRCA and all the other staff do an awesome job, but the quality of drivers and competition is great as well.

How have you found spending time with the JQRacing Team?

Is this a serious interview ? (smiling) Its been good fun, everyone is helpful. A small but genuinely passionate team. People seem to be in the team because they genuinely believe in what JQ is trying to achieve. By the way it’s possibly the rudest team I have ever pitted with. It’s good fun. (smiling).

What were your reasons for trying a BLACK Edition?

Two reasons, one I was genuinely tempted to buy a Black Edition but once Lee Martin signed with Infinity and decided to race the HB I did as well. (note : Lee Martin is a friend of David’s so he generally runs the same chassis as Lee. Currently Lee is able to race different chassis as the infinity product does not exist yet). So my reasons for trying the Black Edition are that I had previously consider buying one, my HB nitro chassis arrived too late to get prepared for The Neo and when I saw the JQR Black Edition loaner for Neo advertisement I thought it was a great opportunity.

Initial impressions?

Solid. Looks strong. Well put together plus some clever ideas like the electrics being easy to install for example. You can tell it is designed by an engineer and racer as there are good solutions to common problems.

Practice impressions?

The Black Edition immediately felt safe, neutral on the jumps and good on the bumps. JQ suggested more toe in on the rear hubs and it was good throughout day one. However I did not do enough laps due to small engine issues and a few maintenance related teething problems.

Qualifying?

I drove poorly for the first round, crashing mainly due to poor judgment of distance. Once I got in the groove from Q2 onwards the Black Edition was excellent. As the track got more rutted it became obvious the car has no vices. Jumps, bumps, holes, the wash board section the Black Edition was excellent.

This the fourth year I have been eligible for the over 35 final and the first year made it. It is also my best ever overall Neo qualifying. To achieve that with a car with which I had absolutely no previous experience with says a lot about the Black Edtion. (Ed. note David qualified 101st overall)

Finals?

The BE felt good. Even with track rutted the car handled well. I struggled with getting into a driving rhythm though, partly due to engine damage affecting the tune

Overall?

It has been an awesome race meeting, I really enjoyed it. I qualified well but had a few engines issues in the main, however due to the strong qualifying I may not have bumped anyway. The car was really good, it didn’t miss a beat all weekend

Over all comments and thoughts?

I have run a lot of different cars and this is the first one I have run that I can’t think of a weakness. A very very good car for people to try. Probably what speaks to the truth of that more than anything is I have now asked my local stockist in the US to sell me a BE and Ebuggy so I can keep running the brand as a paying customer! JQ’s design is good and he was helpful throughout neo with setups and parts.

Finally a huge thank you to all of the JQRacing Team, especially JQ and Liam (Team Manager). The car, pitting, help, it was fun, the team supper, awesome weekend. Many thanks. 

JQRacing NEO17 CONTEST! For Lovers & HATERS! Everyone!


JQRacing believes in equality so during The Neo Race 2017 we are running a competition for every JQRacing fan or hater around the world.

LOVE – for drivers who are already intravenously injecting ‘the JQ cool aid’ this will be a chance to get up close and personal and learn closely guarded racing secrets from the man himself.

HATE – for the drivers who absolutely hate JQ it will be the perfect opportunity to confirm what you already know, that JQ is the compete dickhead you always thought he was.

COMPETITON :

All you have to do is correctly predict the total number of places of the FOUR HIGHEST PLACED JQRacing CHASSIS in the overall results at The Neo Race 2017 and you will win the opportunity of pitting with CEO, designer, almost qualified engineer, ‘sucks at driving pro’ and RC gypsy Mr Joseph Quagraine at a race. If you are one of the lucky or perhaps unlucky winners, JQ has promised to try not to be ‘too annoying and too Finnish’ (whatever that means) and will help you with wrenching, setup, engine tuning, pitting, driving advice and perhaps even buy lunch. (Not likely).

SO :

What are you waiting for, email your predictions to the address provided below and good luck to all you fans and haters out there.

Sincerely,

JQRacing

RULES :

1. the prize is to pit with JQ and have him assist you at a race, not arrange or pay for a race entry.

2. entries must be sent to justliam@jq-products.com and received by midnight GMT Friday Thirteenth April 2017 to be eligible.

3. the information that must be included in the email is as follows :

1st JQ Chassis – 10th place overall (for example)

2nd JQ Chassis – 20th place overall (for example)

3rd JQ Chassis – 30th place overall (for example)

4th JQ Chassis – 40th place overall (for example)

TOTAL 100 places

4. the winning JQ DRIVER must provide proof that they drive a JQ chassis.

5. the winning NON JQ DRIVER must provide proof that they do not drive a JQ chassis

6. in the event of a tie the entrant who is closest to the best placed JQ chassis position will win, if still tied then the closest to the second placed chassis will win, or third and so on.

7. in the event that race calendar cannot be coordinate with JQ, Liam Galvin JQRacing Team Manager will be available.

8. if within one calendar year from the first day of The Neo Race 2017 convenient race day arrangements cannot be confirmed with either JQ or Liam Galvin then a contingency prize will be awarded to each winner.

9. JQR reserves the right to disqualify any individual at their discretion and choose the next available entrant.

10. This is rule number 1o (Ten).

Who can tell the funniest joke

Moving

Some minor packing going on!

Been a bit quiet on here, compared to normal. That’s mostly because after 6 months I am moving back to Europe, and it’s always surprisingly hard to uproot your life and move. It’s 3am again, what a surprise, and tomorrow I’m flying back home. It’s been emotional.